Tesla Battery Day: Promises for battery breakthroughs, $25K EV

Sep. 22, 2020 5:24 PM ETTesla, Inc. (TSLA)F, GM, TSLA, COM, LN1:COMBy: Clark Schultz, SA News Editor986 Comments
  • 6:45 p.m. - Shares of Tesla are down 5.78%, with some of the battery innovations described as close to working but not quite operational. The long-term story is in play, but investors may see that already priced in. General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford (NYSE:F) are slightly higher in the late session, with a knockout punch from Fremont not quite delivered.
  • 6:41 p.m. - Stacking up the benefits of all Tesla's vertical integration is expected to lead to a 56% dollar per kWh reduction in costs and unlock a range increase of 54%. Tesla says it wants to make 20M vehicles a year in the long term and aims to get to the $25K price point with full autonomy. The plaid Model S is introduced for delivery next year.
  • 6:34 p.m. - Batteries will be used as structural parts of Tesla cars to feather out the load and create a stiffer structure, which Musk says will be the standard for all EVs in the future.
  • 6:20 p.m. - Nickel (LN1:COM) gets a shoutout as the upside of the metal for battery production is explained, especially for the Cybertruck and Semi models.
  • 6:15 p.m. - Tesla will continue to buy from battery cell suppliers, but is planning on 3TWh battery capacity by 2030 by supplying itself. Shares of Tesla are up 0.61% AH.
  • 6:10 p.m. - Elon Musk says Tesla will be head and shoulders over everyone else in manufacturing even as the rest of the industry pours out long-range EVs.
  • 6:01 p.m. - Tesla says its new 80mm cell has 5X the energy, 16% more range and 6X the power. Production has already ramped up on the new cell.
  • 5:52 p.m. - After breaking down the expectation for huge demand for renewable energy and batteries, Musk notes that today's battery factories cannot scale fast enough, requiring advances in cell technology. The goal is to lower the cost of cells (k/Wh) and, ultimately, the prices of cars to make them accessible to all. Tesla says it has a plan to halve the cost of batteries.
  • 5:24 p.m. - The Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Battery Day event is about to begin in Palo Alto, California. The event is taking place outside with shareholders sitting in Tesla cars. During the wrap-up part of today's shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk reiterated that the Shanghai Gigafactory can be scaled up to produce 1M cars a year. Tesla reiterates that it expects vehicle deliveries to increase 30-40%. There was also a victory lap taken for the four consecutive profitable quarters turned in by the company despite a difficult production environment. Shares of Tesla are up 2.30% in AH trading just ahead of the meeting, after falling 5.60% during the regular session. Tesla is up more than 400% YTD.
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